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Why we don't use some stuff., zero waste

Why we don’t use liquid soap.

We don’t use liquid hand soap or even body wash for that matter. It’s all bar soap for our bathrooms.Our prefered hand soap is bought un-packaged from a local health food store. Just imagine all the bottles we don’t have to recycle. I just went to the Superstore and saw little bottles of hand soap on sale. Is it too difficult to just refill the old one? That’s a trick question. The best option, in my opinion, is to buy un-packaged bar soap. After you finish the soap there is nothing to throw away, recycle or clean. It’s simple zero-waste.

Body wash uses up precious room in your bathroom, costs lots and is rumored to lead to more water usage with the whole opening and closing the bottle deal. Not to mention the little plastic poofs that are being used to apply the body wash. How many little plastic poofs are in the landfill? We haven’t used poofs in years. A wash cloth works well when needed. I also like natural sponges but they always seemed to come wrapped in plastic so I’m still looking.Christmas 2009 I gave my husband some Method hand soap as a joke. He was bugging me that I never buy any. I haven’t bought any since. Method is an “environmentally” friendly brand but the container is small and it’s plastic. If we ever buy liquid soap again it will be in a glass container and hopefully at a store that refills like the Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, Canada.

If you want more info on the bar soap vs. liquid soap debate just google it. For me it’s a no-brainer. Less packaging is better for the environment and our wallets. This is just one of the little things my family has chosen to do on our journey to simplify and be intentional about our lives.

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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